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Old 11-01-2012, 06:20 PM
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I don't walk anywhere without headphones in.. lol and certainly can't go running without music.
At the park is one thing, I'm engaged with my dog but walking to/from he is just as busy as I am sniffing and checking out the new things on the city floor lol

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Old 11-01-2012, 06:20 PM
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Yes. So guilty of this. I listen to music, watch movies on the phone, talk to friends, etc. while walking Trent. Not for the entire duration of the walk - we always have at least 30 minutes to an hour every walk set aside for play and sometimes training. Occasionally I will have only one ear "plugged in".

I'm entirely too much of a music addict to resist, but in some cases it actually helps. Trent's only issue is selective dog reactivity, and I have noticed that he's fed off my tension from time to time, when I spot the dog before he does. Benefits of being unaware of my surroundings.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:22 PM
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Usually I just walk lol, sometimes I'll text or answer a call but not very often
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:23 PM
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I don't. Usually I am walking multiple dogs and while they're well behaved, it does require focus. And if I'm walking them off leash, I need to be able to watch what everyone is doing and where they're going. I don't need any distractions.

Also though, I just don't like to listen to music or anything on a dog walk. I feel closed off from the world. I like to be able to be fully aware of my surroundings.

With that said, I bet I would enjoy leashed walks a lot more if I listened to music. Leashed walks bore me so much unless I'm walking through a nice provincial park or something.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:29 PM
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I don't. I actually feel guilty if I even answer a text. However, we rarely just "walk" and are normally training something/making the dogs work/throwing a disc/etc. We do off-leash hikes a lot but I need to be aware of wildlife at all times so I can't be to preoccupied otherwise a coyote may just steal a merle thing.

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:28 PM
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I don't except for picture taking sometimes. I do carry treats, clicker and tennis balls though.

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Old 11-01-2012, 09:30 PM
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My dogs are high maintenance. I focus on them when we walk.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:40 PM
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As I let them off leash at the trail (and its long and straight so no one can sneak up on us) I listen to my mp3 player (ipod or sansa clip) as we go. I live on a farm, I get the out of doors lol... But the dogs are out there to trundle and run and sniff. We are together but not at the same time, so I don't feel guilty listening to things as I go.

Sometimes, if its early morning and the birds are really singing I will listen to them instead.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Flyinsbt View Post
My dogs are high maintenance. I focus on them when we walk.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:04 PM
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Sometimes, sometimes not. Well, at least for listening to music. I typically if I'm listening to music will leave an earbud out to hear and I still interact (sometimes more enthusiastically) with them. But I love music so I typically do listen to it while walking them.

When I'm biking with Traveler I'm always listening to music, again with one earbud only.

I will talk on the phone while walking them on leash, not usually when they are off leash. Though typically it's the other way around, I'll walk them while talking on the phone. IE, someone calls me and I feel silly just sitting and talking so I grab the dogs and walk while I talk to them.

I don't really text while out with them because then more focus is on looking at my phone, typing right and thinking of a reply.
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